The Pharmacy and Prescribing Support Unit (PPSU) delivers a service in support of primary and acute care pharmacy, medicines governance, public health pharmacy and prescribing support and support community pharmacists in delivering services for our patients and the public across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
In line with national guidance and local priorities, the aims of the PPSU are to provide leadership to:
- Ensure that patients derive maximum benefit and minimum harm from their medicines
- Provide a single system approach to pharmacy and prescribing policy issues, including integration of systems within pharmacy and prescribing support functions
- Support clinicians in their provision of high quality, effective and efficient patient centred pharmaceutical care for patients at whatever their point of need in their healthcare journey
- Provide prescribers and managers with high quality, timeous information, analysis and advice to assist them to deliver effective prescribing management
- Ensure that medicines are procured, securely stored, dispensed, prescribed and administered safely and cost effectively
The current high level objectives which take forward the national priorities for pharmaceutical care designed to support the 20/20 vision for the health and care of patients in their own homes also incorporate NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's requirements for prescribing support. These can be summarised as follows:
- Delivery of the new ways of working to support the introduction of the new ways of delivery services from community pharmacy.
- Redesign the delivery of pharmacy services to match requirements for the clinical services review. This relates to the service structures, including interface with primary care; the buildings and facilities and developing the role of the pharmacist as an independent prescriber in line with the Scottish Government vision for Pharmaceutical Care "Prescription for Excellence".
- Continue development of the prescribing management processes, in particular, harmonising systems across primary and acute care to improve service delivery
- Continue to develop the distinctive pharmacy contribution to health improvement (via health protection, disease prevention and lifestyle changes) to ensure pharmacists effectively function within multidisciplinary teams in reducing inequalities and the burden of chronic disease.